Power Plant

Preventive Measures and Controls

Extreme Weather Conditions
  • Dress in layers, preferably fabrics made of wool, cold weather synthetics or blends. Avoid cotton which does not wick perspiration readily.
  • Stay dry as water and perspiration decrease thermal retention of most fabrics.
  • Keep your extremities covered, especially your head and hands, since those are the areas where you lose most of your body heat.
  • Avoid caffeine and tobacco products as they are well recognized as vasoconstrictors.
  • Take periodic breaks in warm, dry areas to warm up.
  • Beware of ice, snow and other hazards when walking and maneuvering.
  • Wear loose, comfortable clothing, preferably made of natural fabrics.
  • Beware of the progressive signs of heat exhaustion and heat stroke.
  • Take periodic breaks and drink plenty of fluids, avoiding caffeinated beverages.
  • If you are working outdoors, pay attention to sun exposure by wearing a wide brim hat and using high SPF-rated sunscreen.
  • Be aware that perspiration can make your grip slippery.
Materials Handling (Image)
  • Test the load prior to lifting to determine if it is light enough to lift.
  • Plan your route before lifting and carrying the load.
  • Instead of carrying one heavy load, separate it into smaller, lighter packages and make multiple trips. Use a cart or trolley or ask a co-worker for assistance.
  • Place or store heavy items at mid-body height to make retrieval easier.
  • Do not lift objects that are slippery, extremely hot or unevenly balanced.
  • Make sure you can fit through narrow spaces and that your fingers are out of the way when you set the object down.
Lifting, Lowering and Carrying Loads
  • Keep your arms and the load as close to your body as possible.
  • Bend with your knees and let your legs and hips do most of the work.
  • Do not arch your back.
  • Use small steps when walking with a heavy load.
  • Do not use fast or jerky movements when lifting, especially when lifting heavy objects.
Using Hand and Power Tools (Image)
  • The center of gravity of a hand or power tool should be aligned with the center of your gripping hand
  • Tools with angled handles or tools with pistol-grips are beneficial where the force is exerted in a straight line in the same direction as the straightened forearm and wrist, especially when the force must be applied horizontally.
  • Know the job before you start and select the right tools to perform the task(s).
  • Try not to bend your wrists when operating the tool.
  • Avoid high contact and static loading.
  • Try to reduce excessive gripping force.
  • Avoid awkward and extreme joint positions.
  • Reduce or avoid repetitive finger motions.
  • Limit vibration.
  • Minimize the amount of force to trigger devices.
  • Do not use tools in poor and/or dull condition.
Working in Awkward Locations (Image)
  • Try to keep your body in a neutral posture.
  • Use mechanical devices to help reduce/eliminate reaching.
  • Stretch your muscles to warm up before working in awkward locations.
  • Take frequent, short breaks.
  • Remember to have all tools required for the job in a easy-to-reach location.
  • A buddy system may be required for some of these locations.
  • Use task lighting.
  • Ladders and elevated locations pose fall hazards. Inspect your equipment and/or location before starting work.
Controls Monitoring (Image)
  • At start of each shift, adjust your chair, monitor(s), keyboard, reference binders, writing instruments and phone handset at your appropriate setting and distance. For additional information see Workstation Ergonomics.
  • If you are frequently on the phone, avoid cradling the headset in your neck. Use a hands-free or speaker phone.
  • Keep lighting comfortable to avoid glare and maintain good monitor contrast levels.